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Holiday in misty mountains

Trains passing by
Trains passing by

Hotel Secret is a beautiful little boutique hotel situated in the picturesque mountains of Ella. It is an unforgettable destination. The backdrop of the misty mountains, the warm hospitality of the staff and the cozy bungalow create the perfect environment for rest and relaxation. The Motto of the hotel is to give a value added service by providing the best from all aspects.

“The Hotel Secret at the very beginning was a bungalow which initially belonged to a British Family in the 1860’s. Here they owned approximately 140 acres on which they used to grow tea. The ownership of the Bungalow passed into the hands of the well- known Gardiner family in Sri Lanka. In 2014 it was bought over by our company - the UHE Group family business and we transformed it into a boutique hotel. Now it is open to foreign and local clientele. This is an ideal destination for families to come relax and enjoy,” said Founder Chairman and CEO of the UHE Group, A.P.D. Abeyrathne.

Accommodation at the Secret is divided into five types of rooms – Family Suite, Sutherland Suite, Planters Suite, Deluxe and Garden Chalet. The panorama from the windows is really breathtaking.

“The Family suite can be accommodated by family of five or less. These are very spacious room overlooking the tea plantation and garden views. The Sutherland Suite and the Planters Suite are also very spacious rooms which can be converted to triples. Sutherland suite has its historical image of an English living room with a fire place (Mantelpiece) and a design embossed brass ceiling. Garden chalets are individual wooden bungalows with a balcony overlooking the beautiful valley and mountain views. The interiors of the rooms must be seen for one to believe. They really are of a class of their own,” stated Abeyrathne.

When this bungalow was initially built, they did it in such a way that the beauty of the land could be viewed by anyone. The lush tea vegetation and clean fresh air appeals not only to foreigners but even to locals.

Staying at Hotel Secret one can enjoy the Beauty of the tea plantation culture, panoramic views of the steep valley. The Famous Nine arch bridge can be seen from a view point with trains running through valley. The menu features all kind of Sri Lankan, Asian, European cuisine. There is also special personalized Butler service from well trained staff.

Staying at the Hotel Secret one can visit places such as Little Adam’s Peak, the 9arch bridge, the magnificent Rawana waterfalls, Ella Rock and Tea factory tour. The facilities at Hotel Secret are the Infinity Swimming pool, the Restaurant with all kind of cuisines from European, Sri Lankan and Asian cuisines. There is also in room dining facility with Cycling, Kiddy’s playgrounds and free Wi Fi.

“98 Acres resort and Spa is the sister property in Ella, ‘The Secret Kandy’ is located in the middle of Kandy city. Also the ‘Ceylon Tea Factory Restaurant’ in Ella town also belongs to the UHE Group. All UHE Leisure sector properties well maintained and functioning under the review of well-known Hotelier Group General Manager Alam Inthi,” stated Abeyrathne.

Hotel Secret. Pictures by Mahinda Vithanachchi

 


 

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